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Newsletter - 08 June 2006

Company News

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Knowledge Base Courses Awaiting CPD Validation


All Civil Designer and AllyCAD courses are in the process of being validated by the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) in accordance with ECSA's CPD programme.


From 2006, Continual Professional Development (CPD) becomes compulsory for all categories of registration with ECSA including engineers, technologists and technicians. This impacts on engineering professionals specifically because over a five year period, each registered individual must achieve 25 credits in order to retain their professional registration.

The first batch of renewals will be done by ECSA in January 2007 and those registered individuals whose registration is due for renewal will have to earn 5 credits during 2006 in order to successfully maintain their registration in 2007.

If requirements are not met, then professional registration will not be renewed. This has serious implications for the sector as certain work becomes reserved for registered professionals only.

SAICE has confirmed that the Knowledge Base training courses will receive their CPD number by mid June 2006. For more information please contact Tel (021) 7011850.


Knowledge Base Interview on ECTV


On Wednesday 7th June, Knowledge Base CEO Vincent Bester contributed to a panel discussion hosted by Johan van Schalkwyk from the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE). The topic examined was the contribution of Technology in the Civil Engineering industry.


Vincent Bester participated in the discussion forum alongside other experts in the industry and was given the opportunity to explain the role of AllyCAD and Civil Designer in the design and execution of engineering projects. The SAACE Engineering and Construction Channel (ECTV) was launched in February and was designed to meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of engineers in category one of the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA) policy on CPD.

Viewership of the channel is on a subscription basis with programme five currently under way. For more information contact Life Long Learning Solutions on
(012) 997 6531/2.



Product News & Information

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New Pipes Database Functionality

The pipes database routine enables the creation of multiple databases which can contain information regarding different pipe services. Data can therefore be examined across Sewer pipes, Stormwater culverts, Water networks, electrical layouts, telecommunication cables and other pipe services for example.

The pipe databases can be used to indicate crossing positions of pipes and cables on Road, Sewer, Storm and Water Long Sections as well as the Road Vertical Alignment view. The databases can also be used when running the Pipe Clashes routine.

ASCII data in various formats can be imported into the Pipe Database spreadsheet. Once imported the ASCII data can be organised in the Fixed Column dialog which allows the user to sort the data according to the appropriate Filed name for each column.

Create/Edit Pipe Databases

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It is also possible to import pipes from drawing entities into the Pipe Database spreadsheet. Each line entity in a selected layer can be extracted as a pipe and the text on the specified layer closest to the end points of the pipe will be imported as the invert levels.

The new Pipes Database Functionality allows you to optimise design performance and productivity by using your pipe services design data more effectively.




Support & Development

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ANNUAL UPGRADE AND SUPPORT AGREEMENTS

Support Contracts are charged at 13% of the product purchase price and guarantee cutting edge software functionality, the availability of our Support Centre and the provision of a free marketing and publicity service where your project success stories are showcased in top trade journals. Support agreements therefore give you more choice and best of all, you will have immediate access to our upcoming Civil Designer 6.4 version with the latest functionality.


LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.3 - Build 28
    Build 28 (10/05/2006)

  • Civil Designer v6.3 - HOTFIX
    Build 28a (07/06/2006)

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Help file Update (14/05/2004)

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Hasp Driver Update (18/08/2005)


Training & Visits

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CIVIL DESIGNER TRAINING CONTACT DETAILS

Training is often regarded as the cornerstone to achieving optimal results and enhanced productivity. The value of good quality training cannot be emphasized enough.


“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela


If you are interested in training, please contact your regional office to make your booking as the courses are extremely popular.

 

REGIONS

CONTACT DETAILS

Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Shantell
Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Nalini
Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Barbara
Tel: (011) 675 3959



CURRENT VISITS & TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visits and training activities over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to give us a call on (021) 701-1850. We would be happy to meet up with you to discuss your training or product needs.


 

REGIONS

DATES

ACTIVITIES

PERSONS

Cape Town

5 - 9 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road and Stormwater training

Solly

Johannesburg

5 - 8 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Johannesburg

5 - 12 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer and Stormwater & Water training

Cameron

Mount Ayliff

12 - 15 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain and Road In-House training for Alfred Nzo Municipality

Solly

Kimberley

13 - 15 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre and Road In-House training for USTICA

Cameron

Cape Town

19 - 22 June

AllyCAD training in Cape Town

Solly

Durban

19 - 23 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer and Stormwater training

David

Polokwane

19 - 23 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer, Stormwater and Water training

Cameron

Book now! - there are still spaces available on these courses.

 

 

Best Regards,
The Knowledge Base Team
www.knowbase.co.za

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Johan Van Schalkwyk
SAACE, SCE

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

When Johan van Schalkwyk walked through the offices of SAACE nearly three years ago, there were mixed emotions. With a strong background in training and a natural flair for communication, Johan took on the vital position of managing the School of Consulting Engineering, a task that proved to be both challenging in nature and ever expanding in its application. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Recruitment Service



RECRUITMENT

Knowledge Base Recruitment has gained the support of civil engineering firms nationwide through its efforts to address the massive skills shortages affecting the industry and as a result of its integrity-centred conduct.


TOP CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT
We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions.

If you are interested in an exciting career move, then please e-mail yvonne@knowbase.co.za or call us on 021-701 1850 for further details.

This is a random selection of our candidates for permanent placement. Send us an email and include the Candidate Number for further information:


Candidate 790

B Eng Civil Engineer with 10+ years experience in infrastructure engineering for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD, Caddie, PDS, WinDes and Aquanet. Seeks position in Cape Town, George or Knysna area.

Candidate 779

Senior CAD Operator with 10+ years experience using AllyCAD and AutoCAD. Township development water treatment works and rehabilitation of upgrading and reconstruction draughting.

Candidate 795

CAD Operator with 4 years experience in civil, structural, electrical draughting. Experienced in AllyCAD and Caddie. Seeks a position in the Western Cape.

Candidate 794

Civil Design Technologist with 7 + years experience in road upgrade, subdivision, storm water drainage, sanitary drainage, structural designs. Computer literate in AutoCAD currently residing in New Zealand and wanting to relocate back to South Africa within the Pretoria area.

Candidate 802

Civil Technician with 2 ˝ years experience in CAD draughting and design on Civil Designer. Seeks a position in the Gauteng or Eastern Cape region.


CANDIDATE REFERRAL CHALLENGE

  Knowledge Base Recruitment is offering an incentive to reach job seekers in the civil engineering and design disciplines.

With the 'Candidate Referral Challenge' you stand the chance to win an iPod Nano.

All you have to do to participate is refer other prospective job seekers who reside in and outside of South Africa for permanent placement. If there is a match that leads to a placement, the prize is yours. Click here to enter.


 

Bureau Service

Bureau assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.


The Knowledge Base Bureau is fully operational with a dedicated team of professionals that clients can outsource at any time to complete specialised projects within clearly defined timelines. The division assists companies that have limited resources and who are in need of specific services.

Whatever the job spec, the Bureau team will take care of it. We are committed to helping you grow your business.

For more information contact Brett Pureveen on (021) 701 1850 or visit www.knowbase.co.za/bureau/.



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INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT CENTRE

support@knowbase.co.za

086 0101 999
(South Africa only)


+27 21 7011850
(International Clients)


 

 

Civil Designer Modules

 

CIVIL DESIGNER is the leading civil engineering infrastructure design package with nine integrated modules that operate seamlessly on a single design platform. This places unequalled design functionality at your disposal without the inconvenience of transferring data between different design programs.
 


DESIGN CENTRE

CAD

SEWER

SURVEY & TERRAIN

MAP

STORM

ROADS

TURN

WATER

 

     
 

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